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Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation

A clash of ideology was on display last week in the Mississippi Legislature. On one side were free-market conservatives who want to overturn the state’s longtime system of limiting new medical facilities and services. On the other side are defenders of the current system who fear that changes could harm financially fragile parts of the state’s current health care system. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Cuts put Mississippi health care infrastructure at risk

Our politicians these days seem to look only at the costs of health care when making policy decisions. Thus, it is no surprise legislative leaders are proposing to cut already low Medicaid reimbursements by 5% while Congressional leaders look to slash health care spending wherever they can.   People with health crises have a different view. During this flu epidemic, ...

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Mississippi lawmakers mull more prison time for gang members

Long prison terms for gang members would be imposed under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Judiciary B Committee voted Friday to send House Bill 541 forward to the full House for more debate. The measure would require that any gang member convicted of any crime committed, even a misdemeanor, spend an additional five years in ...

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Director: Mississippi foster care has budget shortfall

The director of Mississippi’s Department of Child Protective Services says the agency is about $44 million short of what it needs for the final five months of the budget year. But, he is also telling lawmakers Tuesday that they can solve the agency’s budget shortfall by spending only about $12 million. The director, Jess Dickinson, says the $12 million can ...

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School choice rally held as fate of bills remains unclear

Mississippi’s elected leaders say they support letting parents choose private or public schools for students using public money, but it’s unclear if such proposals will advance this year. Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, all Republicans, spoke Tuesday at a school choice rally attended by hundreds of students. Conservative groups that organized the rally ...

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2 women file to run for congressional seat in Mississippi

A state lawmaker and a business executive are the latest to enter the Republican primary for an open congressional seat in Mississippi. Sally Doty is an attorney from Brookhaven and has served in the state Senate since 2012. Morgan Dunn is managing director of Vestra LLC, a health care consulting firm in Magee. The two women filed qualifying papers Monday ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers must make decisions on oil spill money

Nearly eight years after an explosion unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi’s elective representatives still must decide how to spend part of the compensation for the spill. Contrasting approaches to that $750 million from oil company BP PLC for lost tax revenue are on display in the state Senate and House. The Senate, led ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s seniority clout looks to dwindle

Powerful seniority has given small, rural Mississippi significant clout in Congress. That clout looks to dwindle sooner than expected.    Since 1940, the state has elected and re-elected U.S. Senators and Representatives for multiple decades to allow them to accrete seniority. For example, Rep. Jamie Whitten served 53 years, Bill Colmer 39 years, John Rankin 32 years, and Tom Abernethy ...

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Some criticize fast track for education funding revision

Some Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi’s education funding formula. But the Republican chairman of the House Education Committee, Richard Bennett of Long Beach, said the plan could come up for a vote Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee. The bill is supported by House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton. If ...

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Plan would reserve oil spill money for Gulf Coast projects

The Mississippi Senate is working on a plan to reserve oil spill settlement money for use on projects along the Gulf Coast. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday passed Senate Bill 2186 , sending it to the full Senate for a vote later. It would create the Gulf Coast Restoration Reserve Fund. BP is paying Mississippi $750 million over 17 years in ...

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